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Winners named in City of Literature student essay contest

Iowa City student wins top prize of a free year at the University of Iowa; runners up from Anamosa, Ankeny, Dike, Dyersville, Murray, and Spencer The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization has completed judging for this year’s Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest, and will award scholarships to seven high […]

Iowa City Book Festival, City of Literature celebrate 10th anniversaries this fall

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature will celebrate its 10th anniversary by hosting the tenth Iowa City Book Festival from Oct. 1-7 2018. The festival schedule, which will feature authors from around the country and around the globe, including those from other Cities of Literature. Long a showcase for partnerships with other area organizations, […]

Dina Nayeri named 2018 Paul Engle Prize winner

Dina Nayeri has been named the seventh recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization. The prize, established in 2011, honors an individual who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching, and whose active participation in […]

2018 Jazz Fest performances to celebrate 10th anniversary as a City of Literature

How fitting that on the 10th anniversary of Iowa City earning the designation as a UNESCO City of Literature the Iowa City Jazz Festival has three major acts that incorporate literature as an integral element of the performance. Each night of the festival brings an innovative blend of literature and music, as artists find inspiration […]

Iowa City hosts UNESCO Cities of Literature conference

“It’s been an outstanding conference and an exceptional experience. It is incredible how unique our cities are and how much we can learn from each other.” – Justyna Jochym, Chair of the UNESCO Cities of Literature and Head of Development & International Cooperation, Krakow UNESCO City of Literature  36 delegates representing 23 countries came together for a four-day conference showcasing […]